Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics scholars work in many areas of bioethics that relate to actions taken by the new Trump administration. Below are experts available to journalists. Please contact media relations officer Leah Ramsay to schedule an interview: [email protected], 202-642-9640.

Jeffrey Kahn, Ph.D., M.P.H.Director, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics

Topics: Affordable Care Act, public health policy, science policy

Past commentary:

The Supreme Court’s decision “moves us closer to satisfying what I see as the moral imperative to provide access to health care for all,” says Jeffrey Kahn, Ph.D., M.P.H. Medical Ethics Advisor

Nancy Kass, Sc.D. Deputy Director for Public Health, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics

Topics: Vaccine policy, the “Common Rule” for human subjects research, public health policy

Past commentary:

“I understand why vaccination sounds scary, but the good news is we have millions of children who have been vaccinated in the United States and globally that demonstrate that it’s a safe thing to do. The only logical reason that parents wouldn’t get their kids vaccinated is if they can bank on the fact that everyone else is going to get vaccinated. It’s sort of like saying I don’t want to pay taxes, but society will still work OK, as long as everybody else pays theirs.” MSNBC

Travis Rieder, PhDScholar, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics

Topics: Climate change

Past commentary: “Dear Mr. Trump: Climate Policy Puts Lives in Your Hands,” The Conversation

“Should We Be Having Kids in the Age of Climate Change?,” All Things Considered

Leonard Rubenstein, J.D., L.L.M.Scholar, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics

Topics: Refugee policy, Affordable Care Act, torture of prisoners/detainees

Past commentary:

Organizer, faculty letter to President Trump

On the ACA: “[W]hile a victory for expanded coverage and the individual mandate, the Supreme Court’s decision reveals how far we are from a just health care system.” Bioethics BulletinYoram Unguru, M.D. Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of BioethicsPediatric Hematologist/Oncologist, Herman and Walter Samuelson Children’s Hospital at Sinai

Topics: FDA/drug policy, “right to try” laws, drug shortages

Past commentary:

“‘Right to Try’ Laws Are Compassionate, but Misguided,” The Conversation

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